Tranmere Rovers 5-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 17, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton conceded five goals for the second time in five days, as they were on the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing at Tranmere Rovers.

Wanderers, who were beaten 5-2 in the Carabao Cup at Rochdale on Tuesday, stood firm for 38 minutes at Prenton Park but were undone by two goals in the space of three minutes before the break as Oliver Banks and Morgan Ferrier put the home side in control.

The visitors struck the crossbar with the final kick of the first-half, but found themselves 3-0 down within a minute of the restart as Ferrier notched his second of the afternoon.

Connor Jennings added a fourth just after the hour, before substitute Stefan Payne completed the scoring 15 minutes from time to help Rovers to a heaviest-ever victory over their fierce rivals.

Phil Parkinson made two changes to the side eliminated from the Carabao Cup with defeat at Rochdale on Tuesday - Joe White and Sonny Graham coming in at the expense of injured duo Dennis Politic and Liam Edwards.

Determined to put their more inexperienced opponents to the sword, Tranmere burst out of the starting blocks and forced the pressure on Wanderers with a succession of corners that ultimately came to nothing.

The visitors could and perhaps should have done better with a chance presented to them on five minutes, with James Weir receiving possession in the final third before laying the ball off to Callum King-Harmes. His cross was aimed at Ronan Darcy, who just couldn't find his control inside the area at the vital moment.

Kieron Morris saw a goalbound attempt charged down by Yoan Zouma moments later, while Kane Wilson dragged an effort well wide of the target after he had been played in.

Rovers were fortunate to keep a full quota of players just before the half-hour, with Ferrier being shown a yellow card by referee Charles Breakspear. Frustrated at not being given a free-kick as a result of a challenge from Zouma, Ferrier slid in late on Harry Brockbank and got away with just a caution.

After several minutes of treatment, Brockbank returned to the action and soon found himself in the book too for a lunge on Manny Monthe which, like Ferrier before him, could easily have been red.

Tranmere then began to take control, scoring twice in the space of three minutes through Banks and Ferrier, while Morris was halted in his attempts to make it 3-0 by a superb Matthews save.

At the other end, Brockbank had Bolton's first attempt with a long-range effort that deflected behind, shortly before a free-kick from James Weir was tipped onto the crossbar by Scott Davies with what proved to be the final act of the half.

Bolton's misfortune was compounded within 60 seconds of the restart, as Ferrier - who, again, could have been dismissed with the score at 0-0 - added his second of the afternoon to make it 3-0 and effectively end the match as a contest.

Eddie Brown struck wide as he looked for an ambitious consolation from the next attack, shortly before Corey Blackett-Taylor raced beyond Brockbank before firing into the side-netting.

Paul Mullin, on as a substitute for Ferrier, did well to keep the ball in play on the hour before crossing for Blackett-Taylor, whose first-time effort from 20 yards cleared the crossbar.

A fourth goal did arrive on 63 minutes, though, with Jennings being afforded too much time and space to shoot beyond Matthews.

Payne came off the bench to make it 5-0 with 15 minutes to go and but for a late cameo debut from De'Marlio Brown-Sterling, there was little else to tell on an afternoon where Wanderers' demise continued to pick up pace.

Parkinson's side are due to return to action with a home fixture against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday, although concerns over player welfare and the integrity of the competition have now been called into question.

Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Wilson (Nelson 84), Ray, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Banks, Perkins, Morris, Blackett-Taylor (Payne 66), Jennings, Ferrier (Mullin 58)
Subs Not Used: Pilling, Potter, Ponticelli, Gilmour
Booked: Ferrier, Ray, Mullin
Goals: Banks 38, Ferrier 40,46, Jennings 63, Payne 75

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, White (Boon 68), Zouma, Brockbank, Lowe, Weir, Murphy, Graham, King-Harmes (Brown-Sterling 75), Darcy, Brown (Riley 88)
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Senior, Richards, Osigwe
Booked: Brockbank, Zouma

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 8,568

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22 Southend United 35 19
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